Where It All Began
Cricket was played in St Annes as early as 1870 at Headroomgate Road, now the site of the Parish Rooms. It was thought that St Annes Cricket Club was founded some time between 1879 and 1888 but new evidence shows that the club may have been formed as far back as 1872.
The club had it’s first major success in 1902 when they founded and won the newly formed Palace (Blackpool) Shield.
It Wasn't Rain That Stopped Play
At the time of the club’s foundation, the teams played on fields off St David’s Road North, and did so until the outbreak of the First World War, when play was suspended. During this time, the ground became a Royal Horse Artillary training centre.
Cricket... And Hockey?
The club revived in 1924 and play commenced at the present Highbury Road site which at the time also contained three grass and two hard tennis courts. Later, a second cricket field was added located to the north/airport side of the present ground. Soccer and hockey were also played there until some of the land was sold to developers in the 1970s and early 1980s.
St Annes CC were the founder members of the Northern League in 1952. They were unbeaten in league games which resulted in them becoming League Champions that year. They met their first defeat on 1st August 1953 after being unbeaten in 35 games!
Legends and Celebrities
The legendary former England Test Player (1901-1914) and Wisden Player of the Year recipient (1910), Sydney Barnes, turned out for St Annes in 1937 at the age of 63 years.
1948 saw Bill Lawton (husband of Dora Bryan) score 135 not out against Leyland Motors, which he followed by taking 7 wickets for 28 runs. In 1951, he took 7 wickets for only 3 runs against Lancaster!
Lancashire and England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff made his debut in First XI senior cricket playing for St Annes at the tender age of 14. His first game for St Annes was as a junior player in 1989, aged 12.
Our Talented Professionals
We are very fortunate to have had some wonderful international and first class Professionals here at St Annes CC. Former Pros include Rohan Kanhai (West Indies), Graeme Fowler (England),Jerry Kirton (Barbados), Stuart MacGill (Australia), Eldine Baptiste (West Indies), David Callaghan (South Africa), Geoff Love (South Africa), Jimmy Adams (West Indies) and Shane Harwood (Australia).
|Trophy Name||Awarded For||Won in|
|Palace Shield||Premier Division (A) Winner||1902|
|Palace Cup||Premier Division (A) Runner Up||1903, 1926|
|Tom Croft Trophy||Division Four (E) Runner Up||2016|
|Michael Dunn Trophy||Division Five Winner||2011|
|Taylor Trophy||Sunday Division Two Divisional Winner||2022|
|John Sharp Trophy||Under 10s Runners Up||2016, 2019|
|Tony Poxon Trophy||Under 11s Winner||1998|
|Highfield Trophy||Under 11s Runners Up||1997, 1999, 2016|
|Under 12s Runner Up||2021|
|Under 12s Plate Winner||2015|
|Dutton Forshaw Trophy||Under 13s Winner||1997, 1999, 2022(jw)|
|Under 13s Runner Up||2019|
|Under 14s Runner Up||2019|
|Tom Jenkins Trophy||Under 15s Winner||1999, 2001, 2021|
|Jim Gledhill Trophy||Under 15s Runner Up||2021|
|Courtaulds Trophy||Under 17s Runner Up||2013, 2022|
|Rose Trophy||Under 17s Winner||2021|
Key to notes
sun - The Sunday Competition has had various formats. 1996-2005 - Divison F, 2006-2007 - Two Sections, 2008 Decided by Playoff, 2009- Two Divisions
jw - Joint Winner
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